Gianluca Vincentini  

Originally from Italy, Gianluca has performed, taught and directed dance throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and USA since 1997.

Gianluca has been the Artistic Director of VERVE from 2011-2016 and the Head of Professional Development from 2014-2016 at Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds. Under his direction the company worked with many of Europe’s leading international choreographers such as Lea Anderson, Anton Lachky, Akram Khan, Kerry Nicholls, Ben Wright and Efrosini Protopapa. Gianluca put emphasis on nurturing and supporting upcoming choreographers such as Jamaal Burkmar, James Cousins and Leila McMillan. Under his direction the company toured extensively throughout Europe.
While directing the Riley Theatre, Gianluca established ‘Connections’, a year-long scheme of professional artistic development and performance. The programme included ‘Northern Connections’, specifically designed for emerging dance artists based in the North of England. 

Other achievements include a collaboration with the Henry Moore Institute and Tino Sehgal for the recreation of Kiss, a live project first staged in Nantes in 2002 which visited Leeds city centre in 2015. Prior to moving to Leeds, Gianluca was the Assistant Artistic Director and Rehearsal Director of Iceland Dance Company from 2006-2011 and collaborative Rehearsal Director for Carte Blanche. He held Artistic Directorship for Spiral Dansflokkur.

Gianluca has also worked with theatre and musical productions as well as television as assistant choreographer for the UK version of the popular BBC TV show So You Think You Can Dance. In 2015 Gianluca joined AGITART Companyia as Festival Co-Director – programming the International Festival of Contemporary Dance in Figueres and a season for the Teatre El Jardi.

Gianluca now offers freelance Artistic Direction, programming and curation across the dance industry internationally as well as coaching and supporting up and coming dance artists.

Photo: Danilo Moroni

Faye Tan

Faye is a current dance artist at Frontier Danceland in Singapore. She was born in Singapore and has formally trained at the Singapore Ballet Academy, School of The Arts Singapore, and the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance (UK), where she received the Charlotte Kirkpatrick Memorial Award in her second year.

Prior to joining Frontier Danceland, Faye was a member of VERVE, the postgraduate company of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (UK), performing around Europe and the UK in works by Anton Lachky, Athina Vahla and Efrosini Protopapa. During her time in England, Faye also worked with Theo Clinkard, Christopher Bruce and Robert Cohan CBE.

Her choreographic works have been performed in various studio theatres in London, Swindon and Peterborough. 'The ZebEel', a solo initially created for the stage, was adapted into a site-specific performance for Prjkt MOM, a series of installations and performances in Safehouse 2, an abandoned terrace house in South London. She has also performed a solo with Dingyi Music Company in the Esplanade Recital Studio. Since joining Frontier Danceland last year, she has choreographed for the company's choreographic season (Dancers' Locker), the M1-Frontier Danceland PULSE training programme as well as the national outreach performances. 

Whilst training, Faye became an avid film-maker and choreographer, creating independent films under the banner of FayeFilm and Photography. Faye's films have been shown at Dance Film Festival UK and at the Nottingham Playhouse. For RCD, Faye has created the documentaries for IRIS and The Vast Rocks. In 2015-2016, Faye received a diploma in digital marketing and now works as the company's Marketing and Media Officer, as well as providing regular artistic feedback on the company's work. In February 2018, Faye will begin the co-creation of a new  mid-length work for Frontier Danceland's season of SIDES with Richard Chappell.

Faye is grateful to her parents for exposing her to a wide range of activities as a child, as her curiosity has led her to embrace and incorporate external influences into her practice. As a dancer, she trains in various street styles and has a particular focus on grooming her versatility. She is also a professional photographer and filmmaker, and some of her dance-films have been shown in festivals in the UK and in Singapore.

Photo: Faye Tan   

Neus Gil Cortes, Dramaturge

Neus is a dramaturg and choreographer with more than ten years of experience as a professional dancer. After graduating from CODARTS, in Holland, Neus has danced in companies such as Hofesh Shechter CompanyNational Dance Company Wales and Dance Works Rotterdam, amongst others. 

Neus started doing dramaturgy in 2011, assisting Eran Gisin for his solo “Emotions, job, emotions, once a day” which won the second prize for choreography at the Solo Dance-Theatre festival in Stuttgart in 2012. Since then Neus has been exploring deeper different art forms such as theatre, cinema and visual arts, the last mainly through her BA in Art History, in which she specialized in contemporary art and philosophy of art. Neus developed her dramaturgical skills further through several workshops and field work. In the Spring 2017 Neus was mentored as a dramaturg by Lou Cope through COLLABORATE, a professional development program supported through South East Dance and Jerwood Charitable Foundation Dramaturg in Residence 2016/17.

She was also selected by LMPT in Spain to receive coaching from theatre director and playwright Eva Redondo to explore the coming together of dance, theatre and circus arts throughout the year 2017. This program allowed Neus to explore further into the possibilities of multidisciplinary practices. The result of the research will be developed into a full evening piece in 2018. 

Neus collaborates regularly as a dramaturg with choreographers Johnny AutinA Positive Life and Dystopia; Richard ChappellAt The End We Begin; Feet off the GroundThe Way They Were Then and Éter; Choreographer Jan Lee and digital artist Tim Murray-Browne: Movement Alphabet.

Neus' creations have been presented in Holland, U.K., N.Y. and Spain, supported by Dansateliers Rotterdam, Arts Council of England, Arts Council of Wales, La Zona Kubik, Dance West, Kingston Council, OMI Arts Center, C12 Dance Theatre, The Space, The Place, Trip Space, University of Hertfordshire, Liga Mujeres Profesionales del Teatro en España, South East Dance, The Garage and Dance East.

Neus was selected for a three weeks choreographic residency in August 2015 at OMI Arts Center, in NY. In 2017 she got invited to come back to mentor the resident choreographers of that year. 

Photo: Danilo Moroni

Samuel Hall, Composer

Sam started his musical journey as a full time cathedral chorister in Rochester Cathedral, further nourishing from King’s Rochester and early encouragement from Robert Saxton led on to learning with Kerry Andrew at Junior Trinity Conservatoire of music and dance with kind support from Marion Friend. Sam then went on to study as a composition scholar at the Royal College of Music with Mark Anthony Turnage.

Sam has had his music performed by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Aurora Orchestra, Juice Vocal Ensemble and the National Youth Orchestra in venues including the Royal Opera House, The Lindbury Theatre, Snape Maltings, The Royal College of Music, the South Bank Centre and Rochester Cathedral.

He has also worked in collaboration with contemporary dance choreographers including a commission in 2012 ‘Views’ for youth dancers from Laban, choreographed by Lucy Anne Evans performed at the South Bank Centre, and a piece at the Royal Opera House's Linbury Theatre as part of the YDE scheme, working with choreographer Molly Roberts. Sam recently wrote a 50 minute score for the Richard Chappell Dance's new work 'At The End We Begin',

In May 2016, Sam's short comic opera 'Killer Graphics,' (libretto by Darren Rapier), was performed at the Britten Theatre, South Kensington, by members of the RCM Opera School, directed by Bill Bankes-Jones in association with Tête à Tête

He has also produced electronic music, with his remix of Dai Fujikura's piece 'Away we Play' performed by Juice Vocal Ensemble, and featured on their album 'Laid Bare' released on the Nonclassical Label. In May 2014 he wrote a piece 'These Walls' for Viola and Electronics, which was performed at the London Science Museum through the 'Exponential Horn'.

Sam has recently released ‘Losing it All’, an electronic crossover EP featuring music for piano, strings and synth. 

Photo: Eric Ollivier